So often in business we talk about the importance of having a vision and clear goals. While the benefits are obvious, when business gets busy, it can be easy to loose sight of the bigger picture and focus on your ever-growing daily to-do list.
Not having clear goals and planning ahead can have serious consequences – and costs for you and your business. There is a very good reason Stephen Covey famously penned the words “begin with the end in mind”.
To get ahead, you need to know where you are headed (your vision) and how you will get there (your goals and action steps). If you don’t, you will be trapped in the daily ’working in’ business activities instead of the ‘working on’ activities where you need to be focused as a leader.
In saying this though, your vision and goals aren’t just for you. Your team need to know them as well, even better they also need to set their own goals based on the companies visions.
You as the leader need to know where you are now, where you want to go and what you want to achieve.
This is where a coach can help. Often we can’t see the forest for the trees. We get stuck on an idea that isn’t necessarily the best or most profitable. A coach, can give you a different perspective and challenge the way you are thinking.
With strategic and targeted questions they can help you get to the ‘why’ in order to establish the ‘where’ and ‘how’.
This can be a real process of self-reflection because it brings to the surface how you are thinking and what barriers or difficulties are getting in the way of you achieving what you want. A coach will encourage you to look at options and outcomes you may have never considered before and in many cases help you dream bigger.
Once your vision is established and your goals are becoming more specific and measurable, your coach will help you gain clarity on ‘how’ it will be achieved. Together you will develop the specific action steps that you can use to guide your team in their own brainstorming to encourage buy-in and motivate them to achieve.
Do you and your team have clarity around your vision and goals?
If you want to start the New Financial Year off right and gain greater clarity around your vision and goals, then perhaps it is time you find out how a coach could help you. Call me today on 0409 129 723 or fill in the contact form.